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Child Health

  • Our Child Health CARELine can connect clients directly with public health nurses.
  • Our Infant Feeding Programs and Services are available to support families with breastfeeding and infant feeding.
  • The Healthy Babies Healthy Children program provides home visits by a public health nurse to qualifying families with children up to six years of age. More information is available below.

Child Health CARELine

Public Health Nurses from our Child and Reproductive Health Program are available to speak with clients by phone to answer their questions about infant feeding, parenting, growth and development, and more. Our nurses can also connect clients with other programs and services to help support them as a parent. We invite you to use our CARELine poster to promote this service.

The CARELine is also available for professionals seeking information or wishing to make referrals to our programs and services. To reach us, call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223, or text 450-990-5551. 

Healthy Babies Healthy Children

Ontario’s Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) program provides home visits by a public health nurse to families with children up to six years of age that may benefit from additional prenatal, postpartum or parenting support. HBHC is a free, confidential and voluntary service for families that qualify for the program.

The following are possible indicators for a referral to HBHC:

  • prenatal health conditions or medical complications during pregnancy
  • prenatal smoking, alcohol or drug use
  • preterm or multiple birth
  • mother is less than 18 years of age
  • mother has not completed high school
  • parental history of depression, anxiety or mental illness
  • single parent, relationship stressors or lack of support
  • parenting concerns
  • concerns regarding the child’s health or growth and development
  • financial stressors
  • family does not have a primary care provider
  • family is new to Canada
  • family has involvement with the Children’s Aid Society (CAS)

Making a Referral to HBHC

Referrals can be made with the family’s consent by calling 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 269 or by completing the HBHC screening tool and faxing it to 613-966-4363.

Resources for Health Care Providers

Need More Information About Child Health?

To contact the CARELine, call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223.

For more information about the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program, call 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 269.

News, Research and Reports RELATED TO: Healthcare Providers

Upcoming Clinics and Classes RELATED TO : Prenatal Education, Infant Feeding Classes, Baby Feeding Drop-In, Dental Health Clinic, Immunization Clinic


Belleville Baby Feeding Drop-In

April 27 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Public Health Belleville Office


Belleville Dental Clinic

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Public Health Belleville Office


Belleville Dental Clinic

April 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Public Health Belleville Office


Belleville Dental Clinic

April 30 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Public Health Belleville Office

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1) Our offices are temporarily closed to the public to allow us to respond to COVID-19 demands. Phone lines remain open. Please access our media release for more information.

2) Returning travellers must self-isolate for 14 days and contact Public Health if symptoms of COVID-19 develop.

If you have returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days and immediately contact Public Health or your local health care provider if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Earlier this month all travellers were asked to self-isolated when they returned to Canada. Effective March 25, the federal government made this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable citizens. Each of us must make the responsible decision to follow the advice of health authorities. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.